FAQ

Frequently asked questions regarding permits


  1. How much do permits cost?
  2. When do I need a right of way permit?
  3. What activities can the Calhoun County Road Department perform in the right of way?
  4. What activities will the Calhoun County Road Department NOT ALLOW in the right of way?
  5. When do I need a commercial driveway permit or private road permit?
  6. What do you mean by "changing an existing driveway or private roadway?"
  7. When do we have to build a private road to county standards?
  8. Do I need to apply for a soil erosion and sedimentation control permit to dig a pond?
  9. When do I need a driveway permit?
  10. When do I need a extended (cab card) mobile home transportation permit?
  11. When do I need an extended move transportation permit?
  12. When do I need a private road permit?
  13. When do I need a single move transportation permit?
  14. When do I need to fill out a new address application?
  15. When do I need a soil erosion & sedimentation control permit?


How much do permits cost?
Check out our fee schedule. [Top]


When do I need a right of way permit?
Anytime a person or business does any construction work in the road right of way (normally 66 feet wide – 33 feet each direction from the center of the road) they need to obtain a permit. This applies to driveway installation or resurfacing, or any other construction type activity, such as tree removal, utility installation, special signage installation, ditch modification or minor landscaping within the county’s right of way. [Top]


What activities can the Calhoun County Road Department perform in the right of way?
Shoulder maintenance, brush removal, berm removal, ditch cleaning, mowing, sign installation, guardrail and other miscellaneous duties. [Top]


What activities will the Calhoun County Road Department NOT ALLOW in the right of way?
Fencing, retaining walls, sprinklers, landscaping such as field stone, berm, trees, shrubs, flowers, ditch fill in, agricultural commodities if there is a sight distance issue, mailboxes that do not break away and any other obstructions that have the potential of obscuring sight distance, signage or any public safety hazard. [Top]


When do I need a commercial driveway permit or private road permit?
If you are going to be changing an existing driveway or private road that connects to a county road, or if you want to install a new driveway or roadway. [Top]


What do you mean by “changing an existing driveway or private roadway?”
Changing can be, but is not limited to, resurfacing, widening, adding curb and gutter or adding more traffic flow to the existing driveway or roadway than originally intended and approved. [Top]


When do we have to build a private road to county standards?
Within the right of way of the county roadway, the road department will regulate how the private road is constructed. Outside of the right of way, the township regulates the standards. Many townships require you to build the private road to county standard up to the hard surface. Please check with the township you will be building in to find out what their requirements are for a private roadway. [Top]


Do I need to apply for a soil erosion and sedimentation control permit to dig a pond?
The only time you need to apply for a SESC Permit for a pond is if the pond is over 1 acre or within 500 feet of a wetland, lake, stream or county drain, etc. [Top]


When do I need a driveway permit?
A permit is required anytime a driveway will access a county road. [Top]


When do I need an extended (cab card) mobile home transportation permit?
A cab card is not required but when numerous hauls will be made within Calhoun County it may be less expensive to obtain a cab card. [Top]


When do I need an extended move transportation permit?
A cab card is not required but when numerous hauls will be made within Calhoun County it may be less expensive to obtain a cab card. [Top]


When do I need a private road permit?
A permit for a private road is required anytime that a road will be built that will access a county road. [Top]


When do I need a single move transportation permit?
A permit will be required anytime you will being hauling oversize or overweight. [Top]


When do I need to fill out a new address application?
A new address application will need to be completed anytime that a new structure will be built that requires electricity. [Top]


When do I need a soil erosion & sedimentation control permit?
If you are within 500 feet of a wetland, lake, stream or county drain. Also if you would be disturbing more than one acre of land. [Top]